Tuesday of Week 23 in Ordinary Time
1 Cor 6:1-11
Jesus went out into the hills to pray; and he spent the whole night in prayer to God.
Can you imagine that? The last person I expected to find praying fervently would be Jesus! After all, He is the Son of God, and He has a close relationship with the mighty God, who He calls “Abba” or Father. It is through Jesus’ relationship with God that we can call Him our Heavenly Father as well.
So why on earth would Jesus need to pray? Throughout the Bible, it is often mentioned that Jesus prayed, frequently going off somewhere seeking solitude. He prayed intensely, lengthily and completely. He prayed for guidance, prayed for reassurance and prayed for help. But in all His prayers, He remained obedient and wanting to do God’s will.
It dawned on me that if Jesus, the Son of God, found it important to pray, how much more so for you and me? I for one, admit that I need all the guidance, reassurance, help and support that God is offering. Then why wouldn’t we want to pray every day, every moment and every chance we have?
Now, it is difficult, if not impossible for most people to pray endlessly or for long periods in a day; after all, we all have busy lives and schedules and endless commitments. It would be unrealistic to ask someone to pray for hours on end; but it is completely doable and realistic for one to pray 5 to 15 minutes a day…for a start. Trust me, once you start praying regularly, you’ll never get enough.
I never used to pray every day, but only on Sundays in church. I didn’t know how much I was missing until I could not find any guidance from family or friends that brought me peace. It was then that I turned to God. Peace only came about when I prayed repeatedly. Sometimes reciting prayers, sometimes simply talking and unloading the issues at hand, and sometimes sitting quietly alone in the church. I started with 5 minutes a day, once a week, then it became twice a week and for longer periods. Then it became more frequent and lengthier. It has become so much a part of me that if I miss my daily ‘talk’ or prayers, I feel a part of me is missing, like my morning coffee. I am not holier because I pray, it is recognizing that I am incomplete until I pray that makes me want to pray more.
(Today’s OXYGEN by Winnie Kung)
Prayer: Dear Lord, teach us the importance of prayers, the importance of maintaining a relationship with you and God our Father through prayers.
Thanksgiving: We thank you for listening to our prayers and providing guidance and answers, even though they are not what we want or expect; but what is best for us.
Winnie – thank you for this pertinent reflection.
Winnie – I have shared this line from your reflection, “. I am not holier because I pray, it is recognizing that I am incomplete until I pray that makes me want to pray more.” to the gratitude of many. thank you